Rogers, Mary (nee Hammond) (1852-1909)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by William J Walker

The romantic Dales of Western Yorkshire have nurtured no sweeter character than that of Mrs. Mary Rogers, who for 32 years has quietly and with winning gentleness ministered within our Grassington Community. Her ready tact, her generous sympathy, her inexhaustible fund of pure healing sunshine won for her in the village the affectionate title of “The Good Samaritan.” 

Fragile from long protracted suffering, her lifelong trials only mellowed her spirit, till she seemed to many to be a veritable “angel of light.” Her judgments were never harsh or cynical. She eagerly fastened on every good quality, and in this way often diverted errant thoughts from the path of evil to the “shining way” of better things. No service, however exacting, affrighted her. She counted not her pain to be worthy of a thought at such times, and frequently ran great risk to support those in need. 

After a nine months’ hopeless battle with cancer, she fell asleep on the morning of May 6th, 1909, having been born June 3rd, 1853. An impressive company gathered in the quiet old Parish Churchyard on the following Sunday afternoon to share in the last sad leave-taking.


Mary was born on 3 June 1852 at Grassington, Yorkshire, to parents Thomas, a cabinet maker (1861), and Mary. She was baptised on 18 July 1852 at Linton in Craven, Yorkshire.

She married Henry Rogers (1851-1937), a bookmaker (1881), in late 1878 in the Chorlton Registration District, Lancashire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Mary Alice (1879-1971)
  • Elizabeth (1880-1944)

Mary died on 6 May 1909 at Grassington, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/157

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Birth records identify that Mary was born in 1852, not 1853 as stated in the obituary.

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